Our senior leadership team brings a wealth of experience, forward thinking, and a commitment to our mission to being the Global Leader of Restaurant and Entertainment Brands for families and our teams.
President and Chief Executive OfficerFull Bio
President and Chief Executive Officer
David McKillips assumed the role of CEO on January 21, 2020. CEC Entertainment is the parent company of the
world’s number one family entertainment venue, Chuck E. Cheese, one of the first virtual kitchen delivery-only
brands, Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings and growing regional fresh-made pizza restaurant Peter Piper Pizza. Across the
family of brands, there are nearly 700 restaurants around the globe.
David has nearly 30 years of experience in the family entertainment, media and theme park industries. Since
joining CEC, he led the company through bankruptcy and a successful financial restructuring — in less than a year,
launched Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings, positioned the company for international expansion and created a new
division for global media licensing and entertainment to take the iconic Chuck E. Cheese brand to new dimensions.
Before joining CEC, David was President of the International Development Company for Six Flags Entertainment
Corporation. McKillips served in several senior leadership roles in Park Services, F&B, retail, games and
procurement across all U.S. Six Flags parks.
Prior to joining Six Flags, he served as Vice President of Advertising & Custom Publishing Sales for DC Comics, a
division of Warner Bros. Entertainment and home to some of the world’s most iconic brands. McKillips has also
held multiple leadership roles within Sea World Entertainment and Sesame Place.
McKillips holds a B.A. degree in Communication Studies from the University of Georgia and received post-graduate
certificates in Marketing and Finance from New York University
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of InternationalFull Bio
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of International
Arun Barnes, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of International, brings over 25 years of
experience in global franchise development and operations to CEC. Arun’s accountable and approachable
leadership style fuels CEC’s franchise growth, operational excellence, and continuous P&L improvement.
Prior to joining CEC, Barnes was with Papa John’s International, for nearly 12 years, leading the International
Franchise Business across the Middle East and Asia regions. He spent nearly 11 years with McDonald’s,
partnering franchisees across Asia and was elevated to head operations training and new store development for
McDonald’s openings across India.
Arun received both his graduate and master’s at the IHMCT&AN in Bangalore and New Delhi. Arun is a health
enthusiast and enjoys reading, networking, and playing team sports in his free time. He is married to his wife
Leena, and together they have two children, Kevin and Michelle
Vice President, Legal and ComplianceFull Bio
Vice President, Legal and Compliance
David Deck serves as VP, Legal & Compliance for CEC Entertainment and VP, General Counsel & Secretary for
Peter Piper Pizza. He is a persistent, reliable, and loyal leader whose tenure with the Company spans more than
In his role, he is currently responsible for managing Company litigation across a number of specialized areas
including but not limited to, general business, personal injury, and real estate matters; employment-related
matters such as legislative monitoring and EEOC responses; negotiating and drafting the Company’s
international and domestic development and franchise agreements; drafting and negotiating numerous service,
supply, promotional, IP licenses, and information technology contracts and managing and overseeing the
ongoing development of the Company’s global intellectual property strategy.
David holds a Bachelor of Science, in Legal Studies, from the University of Central Florida and a Juris Doctor
from Texas A&M University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas. Outside of the
office, he enjoys working on his 1964 Chevy Nova, and watching movies with his wife, Katie, their two children,
Austin and Evelyn, their Pugs, Chloe and Po, and Shih Tzu, Honey.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating OfficerFull Bio
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Randy Forsythe serves as CEC’s Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and President of Peter Piper
Pizza. He originally joined the Company in 1982, when it was known as Showbiz Pizza. Now, after more than 39
years, Randy attributes his continued success to consistent hard work and a unique ability to pivot and meet the
market demands and trends of each new generation.
In his role, Randy is responsible for managing field operations, global sourcing, purchasing, the games
department, construction, and learning & development. He’s held several leadership positions that have shaped
the operations infrastructure, including roles such as Regional Vice President across multiple regions.
Since joining the company, Randy has expanded operations from 37 restaurants to more than 500 locations
globally. He claims people are his greatest asset and relationships across the company are like family. When
Randy is not working, he enjoys sports, boating, and spending time with his wife, Kathy, son, Brandon, and
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial OfficerFull Bio
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Jim Howell brings over 30 years of experience to his current role as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial
Officer of CEC Entertainment.
Jim previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Billabong International Ltd., and he also spent 10 years at
Nordstrom Inc., most recently as their Executive Vice President – Finance and Treasurer. Prior to that, Howell
served in leadership roles at various companies including CAE SimuFlite, Inc., Blockbuster, Inc., and
Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Union University and a Graduate Certificate
from the Mid-South School of Banking. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the state of
Chief Marketing OfficerFull Bio
Chief Marketing Officer
Sherri Landry, Chief Marketing Officer of CEC Entertainment, is a strategic and innovative executive with over 25
years of marketing experience in CPG, restaurant, and family entertainment. She oversees marketing for CEC
Entertainment and all three brands – Chuck E. Cheese, Peter Piper Pizza, and Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings.
Her experience spans across brand development, marketing strategy, menu innovation, digital and social
marketing, research and consumer insights, and she has held various positions and leadership roles at such
recognized companies as Procter and Gamble, Sara Lee, Pizza Hut, T.G.I. Fridays, and Main Event Entertainment.
Sherri holds a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and an MBA in both Marketing and Finance
from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. In her free time, she enjoys attending
gymnastics meets and soccer games for her two girls, Kendall and Morgan, and relaxing on the beach in Puerto
Rico with her husband Chris
Vice President, Global Licensing, Media & Branded EntertainmentFull Bio
Vice President, Global Licensing, Media & Branded Entertainment
Melissa McLeanas joined CEC Entertainment in 2020 as Vice President, Global Licensing, Media and Branded
Entertainment Development. With more than 20 years of experience in entertainment media and licensing, she
is charged with creating new revenue streams for the company through strategic business relationships and
licensed brand extensions, strengthening Chuck E.’s position as a premiere character and entertainment icon
across new categories and media platforms.
A dynamic leader and sharp tactical thinker, she has launched defining go-to-market strategies and global
partnerships for consumer engagement worldwide for a diverse portfolio of high-profile brands.
Most recently Melissa served as Director of International Licensing, Design and Development for Six Flags
Entertainment, responsible for the ideation, creation and execution of in-bound licensing strategy for Six Flags
international properties. Previously Melissa was Director of Partnership Marketing, overseeing the strategic
growth and development of Six Flags’ Global Sponsorship Division. Prior to Six Flags, Melissa managed National
Partnerships for 20th Century Fox Films.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance, with a concentration in Entertainment, Media,
and Technology, from New York University, Stern School of Business. Melissa currently resides in Dallas and is
an avid runner, she enjoys exploring new places on foot across the world and immersing herself in local culture.
Rudy Rodríguez, Jr
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer, and Corporate SecretaryFull Bio
Rudy Rodríguez, Jr
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer, and Corporate Secretary
Rudy Rodríguez, Jr. joined CEC in 2014 and serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Human Resources
Officer, and Corporate Secretary. He is responsible for the Company’s Human Resources, Legal, Compliance,
Risk Management, and Licensing teams, and leads its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives. Rudy is a
collaborative and empathetic leader. His focus on ethics, communication, and service drive performance for
each member of his teams.
Before CEC, Rudy practiced commercial and employment litigation at several Dallas-area law firms and Fortune
500 legal departments. He was Vice President and General Counsel of American Eagle Airlines from 2000 to
2003. He is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the boards of directors of the Dallas
Zoological Society and several other legal and charitable organizations.
Rudy received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas A&M University and his Juris Doctorate from
Harvard Law School. He is an avid runner and huge sports fan. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, watching
movies, and traveling with his wife Stacy and their two grown children, Grace and Jimmy.
Vice President, Information TechnologyFull Bio
Vice President, Information Technology
Jay Spears, Vice President of Information Technology for CEC Entertainment, has over 30 years of experience in
the technology space and has delivered successful programs and technological solutions for several
Jay is a creative and passionate leader focused on maximizing the value of technology investments. His
experience spans across entertainment, advertising, insurance, retail, public accounting, aerospace
manufacturing, and software consulting. Prior to joining the Company, he held leadership positions at such
organizations as Urban Air Adventure Parks, EZLynx, Six Flag, and KPMG LLP.
Jay studied computer science, physics, and mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin. In his free time, he
enjoys golf, cycling, hunting, fishing, and almost anything outdoors. Jay is a huge Texas Rangers fan. He and his
wife Mauri have three sons – Robert, Will, and Luke – their cat, May, and two Sheepadoodles, Millie and Ellie.